Business Solutions & Innovation Manager (Irvine, California, US) in Irvine, CA at Kia Motors America

Date Posted: 10/26/2019

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    Irvine, CA
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Job Description

At Kia, we’re creating award-winning products and redefining what value means in the automotive industry. It takes a special group of individuals to do what we do, and we do it together. Our culture is fast-paced, collaborative, and innovative. Our people thrive on thinking differently and challenging the status quo. We are creating something special here, a culture of learning and opportunity, where you can help Kia achieve big things and most importantly, feel passionate and connected to your work every day.

Kia provides team members with competitive benefits including 100% premium paid medical, dental and vision coverage for you and your dependents, 401(k) plan matching of 100% up to 6% of the salary deferral, and time off starting at 14 days per year. Kia also offers company lease and purchase programs, company-wide holiday shutdown, paid volunteer hours, and premium lifestyle amenities at our corporate campus in Irvine, California.


Under the direction of Digital Technology Management, the Business Solutions & Innovation Manager is responsible for designing and implementing technology solutions that align with short and long-term strategic business objectives of Kia Motors America. Solution Architecture Manager provides expertise on existing and emerging technologies and recommends IT solutions and architecture to solve business problems.


The Business Solutions & Innovation Manager works closely with various business units and IT service providers to analyze business needs, review existing systems landscape and devise optimal solutions. This position will also provide valuable insights for optimizing user experiences, leveraging best enterprise system practices, integrating existing systems, introducing newer technologies, creating program governance, and guiding stakeholders through program innovation strategy, risk analysis and resource optimization.   


This position develops policies for standardizing systems and management of enterprise systems to leverage efficiencies between systems and processes to support the evolving business needs of KMA and retailer network. This role will be responsible for the development and delivery of solution architecture, technology recommendation, systems integration, and continuous process improvements.

Major Responsibilities

Priority 1st - 30%

Manage business solution strategy and lead digital transformation initiatives. Review business needs and recommend solutions that support company’s short-term and long-term business strategy. Work with key business and IT stakeholders in implementing systems solutions and platforms. Research and identify newer technologies that bring additional business value, automation, productivity gains, enhance user experience and reduce costs. Provide solution options and recommendations for management review and decision. Define architectural description of specific solution as a blue print for development and implementation.

Priority 2nd - 25%

Examine existing systems and identify opportunities for improvement and integration. Provide consultancy to business and Digital Technology team in matters of information technology, process innovation, development platforms, solution design, business process re-engineering.

Priority 3rd - 25%

Review solutions proposed by IT vendors and provide informed recommendation. Research and recommend solutions available in the market place based on their fitness to business needs, operational efficiency, integration compatibility, data security and cost savings.

Priority 4th - 20%

Oversee projects from solution scope and design standpoint and guide project teams. Prepare reports and presentations, as well as demonstrations, to keep the business stakeholders informed about emerging technologies and opportunities with existing systems.

  • Bachelor’s degree in computer science or software engineering or related field, experience with software programming, systems architecture, and information technology
  • Advanced degree and/or certification(s) in Solution Architecture, Systems Architecture or Digital Transformation
Overall Experience
  • 10 years of Information Technology experience and at least 5 years as solution architect or systems architect
  • 5+ years of experience in Systems Development Life Cycle and Agile development framework
  • System development experience in technology such as SAP, J2EE, .Net, Web Services, Big data Hadoop ecosystem, Oracle Exadata, Adobe technologies such as AEM, Campaign), etc.
  • Experienced in working as a techno-functional leader handling multiple stakeholders
  • Experience with cloud-based solutions
  • Preferred experience with technologies specific to automotive industry such as Telematics, Mobility, Connected vehicle and Connected services
  • Exposure to emerging technologies such as IOT integration, Convergence of AI, machine learning and deep learning, robotics and 5G networks.
Directly Related Experience


Must be proactive, self-motivated, and lead team to multiple concurrent solutions.

High level organizational, planning and analytical skills
Highly developed written and oral communication skills.
Customer Service
Ability to assess systems support operations and lead process improvement.
Ability to manage external vendors in the development and delivery of related products, programs, and services.
CHALLENGE - Solving Complex Problems
COLLABORATION - Building and Supporting Teams
CUSTOMER - Serving Customers
GLOBALITY - Showing Community and Social Responsibility
PEOPLE - Interacting with People at Different Levels
Adapting to Change
Championing Customer Needs
Communicating Effectively
Delivering High Quality Work
Entrepreneurial Thinking
Managing Resources

Equal Employment Opportunities

KMA provides equal employment opportunities (EEO) to all employees and applicants for employment without regard to race, color, religion, ancestry, national origin, sex, including pregnancy and childbirth and related medical conditions, gender, gender identity, gender expression, age, legally protected physical disability or mental disability, legally protected medical condition, marital status, sexual orientation, family care or medical leave status, protected veteran or military status, genetic information or any other characteristic protected by applicable law.  KMA complies with applicable law governing non-discrimination in employment in every location in which KMA has offices.  The KMA EEO policy applies to all areas of employment, including recruitment, hiring, training, promotion, compensation, benefits, discipline, termination and all other privileges, terms and conditions of employment.

Disclaimer:  The above information on this job description has been designed to indicate the general nature and level of work performed by employees within this classification and for this position.  It is not designed to contain or be interpreted as a comprehensive inventory of all duties, responsibilities, and qualifications required of employees assigned to this job.


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